|Josh McRoberts, PF 29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -12I would rather do many things in this life other than have to draw the assignment of guarding David West. McRob had to suffer through that tonight and got the #BeastMode treatment on many occasions, but as usual, glued the offense together. Especially in the first half.|
|Al Jefferson, C 28 MIN | 9-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | -8Kept Charlotte in this game with big basket after big basket. Gave Hibbert fits defensively and also got him into foul trouble in the 3rd quarter, which is essentially I believe what aided the Bobcats run to stay close.|
|Kemba Walker, PG 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -6Again, inefficient from the floor, but we’ve all come to expect that from Kemba now. Didn’t force much all night and kept the team under control in many situations. 0 steals tonight is the one category I think could’ve been a game changer. Really, would’ve liked to see Kemba a tad more aggressive on the offensive + defensive end down the stretch.|
|Gerald Henderson, SG 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -10Sessions was feeling it tonight, so Clifford went away from Hendo for much more of this game than anyone would’ve expected. In the minutes that he did receive, though, Hendo hit huge tough jumper after another — efficient night from the field from Hendo which is encouraging after Wednesday night.|
|Jeff Taylor, SG 36 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -1Very few guys that are as good at cutting on the baseline in this league as Taylor. On the other pole, his energy wavers + he gets careless with his focus. Both of Taylor’s turnovers tonight were inexcusable.|
|Cody Zeller, C 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +7Nice numbers for just 19 min of action. Continues to be aggressive on the offensive glass and starting to look far more comfortable than I remember early in the season.|
|Bismack Biyombo, C 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +1Biz is a beast on the defensive glass. One of the best in the league. He’s a true role (rebounding) player that’s limited in so many other areas, but his role plays a huge factor for this team due to the fact that they’re so limited offensively. Not sure he’ll ever be able to catch the ball off of dribble-drive action.|
|Ramon Sessions, PG 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +2Two 3’s! Whaaaa!?|
|Ben Gordon, SG 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0Had a few opportunities to hit big shots in the second half, but the Pacers were on high alert defensively with Gordon in the game. Defensively, the effort is there this season, but the bad habits are too well formed at this point.|
With 29.5 sec left you ran a simple ISO for Jefferson on the left block. I understand he had a pretty good offensive night, but down 2, why not go for the kill shot on the road there? Is the thought a stretch for a team that doesn’t shoot the ball well from outside? Sure, but why not when you know you’re not beating that team in OT on their floor.
I would’ve gone with Kemba, Gordon, Hendo, Taylor + Jefferson — action starts with Jefferson on the block – double stagger action for initial trigger being Gordon and Hendo trailing for the kill when all the attention is drawn to Gordon.
Three Things We Saw
- Charlotte turned 12 Pacers turnovers into 15 points + had 18 second chance points. Scrappiness that this team counts on and the reason they hung around tonight.
- Paul George went 2-12 from the floor tonight with just 10 points. Taylor + Hendo did a fantastic job on the all-star. Lance Stephenson was the guy who ultimately buried Charlotte by hitting many tough contested jumpers to slowly, but surely, take the wind out of the Bobcats sails.
- The Lakers and Sacramento now come to Charlotte for back-to-back home games for the Bobcats. Here we are again with two winnable home games — let’s see how this plays out.